Scouting the Cotton Bowl for NFL Talent

January 1, 11:30 AM EST, Fox: In what should be a terrific match-up, the ever competitive Auburn Tigers take on a resurgent Nebraska Cornhusker program. Several top battles between the NU black-shirts and Auburn offense loom large.

Auburn vs. Nebraska
FOX, 11:30 A.M.

Nebraska

Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Zack Bowman CB 14 4Jr 2/3 Talented corner who missed the season with a knee injury.  Has given conflicting signs as to whether or not he'll enter the draft.
Stewart Bradley OLB 34 5Sr 5/6 Tough, run defending linebacker with 3-4 potential.
Adam Carriker DE 90 4Sr 1/2
Athletic lineman with terrific size/speed numbers.  Picked it up late in the year after a slow start.  Needs a big game in Dallas then a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl to salvage any hopes of being taken in round one.
Ola Dagunduro DT 54 4Sr FA Small but explosive one-gap tackle.
Matt Herian TE 11 5Sr 6/7 At one time a stellar down-field receiving threat with a first round grade, Herian has been very slow returning from the broken leg which shelved him mid-way through the '04 season.
Sam Keller QB N 4Jr 2/3 Arizona State transfer who takes over the reigns at QB next season.
Kurt Mann C 50 5Sr 7th Hard working blocker on the pivot.  Explosive and dependable.  Came down with mononucleosis and played only two games this year.
Jay Moore DE 44 5Sr 5/6 Competitive college pass rusher who could do well at defensive end in a conventional system.
Andrew Shanle S 8 5Sr 7th Good athlete coming off a breakout season.
Zac Taylor QB 13 5Sr FA Efficient passer who lacks the physical skills to play in the NFL.
Dane Todd FB 41 5Sr FA
Hard-working lead blocker who could find a home on an NFL roster.

Auburn

 
Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Cole Bennett TE 87 4Jr FA Adequately sized tight end who was lost three games into the season with a broken ankle.
Kody Bliss P 30 4Sr FA Strong-legged punter who must learn to directional kick.  Has some experience with kick-offs/field goals.
Joe Cope C 50 5Sr FA
Undersized center who plays very hard.
Karibi Dede OLB 21 5Sr FA Small linebacker projected to play free safety in the NFL.
Timmy Duckworth G 76 4Sr 4/5 Big, mauler who knocks defenders off the ball.  Offers a good amount of upside.
Quentin Groves DE 54 4Jr 3/4 Explosive pass rusher who creates a lot of havoc up the field.  May be tried as an OLB in a 3-4.
Ben Grubbs G 69 5Sr 2/3 One of the best guards in the nation.  Terrific blocker in motion.
Marquies Gunn DE 48 4Sr 6/7 Another undersized defensive end with decent growth potential.
Will Herring S 35 5Sr FA
Moved to outside linebacker this year.  Best as a conventional strong safety near the box.
Kenny Irons RB 23 5Sr 1/2 Solid ball carrier with good physical skills.  Struggled with minor injuries this season which will hurt his draft stock.
David Irons CB 4 5Sr 3/4 Solid corner coming off a good season.  Showed a lot of progress.
Jonathan Palmer G 79 5Sr FA College blocker out of position at tackle.  Size prospect who must turn the intensity up.
Tre Smith RB 22 5Sr FA
Courtney Taylor WR 86 5Sr 6/7 Consistent possession receiver with poor speed.

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